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    In a series of IED attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan, either nineteen (New York Times) or twenty-one (Daily Telegraph) U.S. soldiers have died in the last two days. This marks one of the the bloodiest two-day period for U.S. soldiers since the war began, but is generally in line with the escalating casualties in the war.

    Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, attributes the climbing NATO casualties to the increased operational tempo made possible by higher troop strength on the ground. The troop surge, Petraeus argues, has allowed NATO to hit previously secure insurgent strongholds where resistance has been high.




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